Yeah but eventually you still end up using windows.
I used to think like you having tried all sort or unix-like os and linuxes and eventually nagsawa na din ako sa kakatweak, kakaupdate, upgrade and waiting for support for drivers etc etc etc. That is what you get if you want something for free.
At least you have the challenge to tweak.
At least you can handle pc's even without os yet, even without harddisk.
I still use winxp, its capable of all software and online games.
If you follow windows, you will pay more and more for softwares that necessarily needs a new windows support.